FAPUASA raises concerns over HEC’s new policy for research journals

Rawalpindi:24 April:The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association has raised concerns over the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan’s new research policies. A statement issued by FAPUASA reads that if the HEC tried to implement its decisions regarding research journals without consultation with stakeholders, the FAPUASA would boycott all HEC policies and will resist with full zeal. During an online meeting of the FAPUASA Executive Council held three days ago, the academics also expressed concerns towards “the injustice done with the education sector and universities, in-terms of annual budget”. “Unfortunately, universities have been pushed to the wall by the government,” the statement said, adding that the FAPUASA found the role of the HEC “extremely discouraging towards universities as the HEC has completely failed to acquire the required budget from the government and convince the government regarding the budgetary requirements of the universities”. Due to the failure of the HEC in getting the required funds from the government, universities, such as the Peshawar University, the Gomal University and the Shah Abdul Latif University, were unable to pay salaries to their academic and administrative staff on time, it added. In future, a majority of the universities in Pakistan would also be unable to pay salaries to its employees due to the shortage of the funds received from the HEC, it said. The FAPUASA express concern over the news of converting educational institutes and hostels into quarantine centres and demanded that no such action would be acceptable. “This practice would put lives of thousands of students, employees and teachers in danger.” It added: “The FAPUASA would support online classes if needed, but a proper training and technical support should be provided to the students and universities.” The association demanded that the recommendations from the committee constituted by the HEC chairmen for issues related to the TTS faculty members should be approved at the earliest. These recommendations include job security, salary increase, pension, endorsement issues and administrative posts, pending from several years. “These issues have caused serious financial and emotional damage to the faculty.” The academic community demanded that the teaching experience for the BPS faculty members must be considered for promotions or at least “extend the implementation of the requirement of post PhD experience for a further period of five years”. The FAPUASA demanded of the relevant authorities to expedite the procedure of appointment of the VCs in universities in Bolochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, particularly in the Bacha Khan University. Further, it was emphasised that all appointments should be on merit as per the law. “As many as 75 per cent tax rebate must be restored for the academia and researchers.” The FAPUASA said the teaching community of universities would remain with only one choice of going on strike if their issues were not resolved on a priority basis.The news.

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